Automobiles

Once upon a decadent time, around 1670, Pierre Pérignon, a young Benedictine monk and cellar master at the Abbaye d’Hautvillers, near the town of Épernay in northern France, applied his intuition and...
In the rarefied realm of CEO-caliber automobiles, standing still is not an option. BMW knows this well; its grand 7 Series sedan is in a constant state of upward mobility. For 2013, the Munich-based...
Audi was well ahead of the curve back in 2006 when it launched the sensationally beautiful and technologically advanced R8, so even after six years in showrooms, the company’s flagship sports car...
Ending a five-year absence, the Aston Martin Vanquish has returned to the marque’s lineup,...
Some 900 car enthusiasts applied to participate in this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion , an annual event held August 19 through 21 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. The...
Bentley Motors has a long and storied history of crafting open-top motor cars—grand automobiles like the 3-liter of the 1920s and the S1 Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupe of the 1950s. At the...
Aston Martin isn’t an automaker that maintains a huge portfolio of models, but it certainly makes the most of what it has. Witness the V8 Vantage Coupe, which since its auspicious 2005 introduction...
Packing more horsepower than any previous Viper—or any other SRT production model—the 2013 SRT Viper ( www.drivesrt.com ) will arrive in showrooms later this year following the model’s two-year...
After more than a decade of distractions following its bizarre transformation into a BMW Group subsidiary in 1998, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is standing tall and breathing evenly. The company is feeling...
1916 Hispano-Suiza Type 32 Collapsible Brougham A now-defunct Spanish marque that was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Hispano-Suiza gained renown as a manufacturer of exceptional...
BMW has delivered a remarkable four-door interpretation of its 6 Series.
Atlanta Motorsports Park , a new speedway and private membership club about an hour north of Atlanta, offers a serious track for drivers, and more. All tiers of membership, with initiation fees...
It is the aura of a Rolls-Royce, the ride smoothness, and the mechanical purity that are paramount...
There are few stars in the automotive universe that have shone more brightly than the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. Revealed at the London Motor Show in 1960, the Italian-ized DB4GT wore curvaceous...
The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering , one of the car world’s most anticipated concours events, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, August 17, by assembling a wide variety of exceptional...
BMW is a longtime sponsor of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held each year on the picturesque shores of Lake Como, Italy, and its appearance there has become a global highlight for aficionados...
Las Vegas is known for its gambling, nightlife, and prestigious hotels, but on the outskirts of the city is a place where thrill seekers and speed demons can get their fix. Spring Mountain Motor...
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1932 Ford—the granddaddy of all hot rods—the Petersen Automotive Museum asked leading hot rod builders to think big by thinking small. The museum sent a...
The sky has just begun to lighten, and as dawn breaks the sound of the Pacific crashing against the shoreline is muffled by a cacophony of engine rumblings. For one day out of the year, the 18th...
It can hardly be said that the splendid Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing coupe and roadster—introduced in 2011 and 2012, respectively—have worn out their welcome. But the overachieving team at AMG hasn...
Carroll Shelby in his 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 Carroll Shelby (1923–2012) was a maverick whose brilliance and tenacity were matched by talent, guts, and good fortune. He strung together an...
Other than a name and an all-aluminum engine, the new Camaro ZL1 has little in common with the original ZL1, a high-performance, very limited-production variant of the 1969 model-year muscle car...
Exemplifying the shape of things to come from the automaker, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ ( www.lincoln.com ) displays a smooth, flowing design that yields aesthetic and aerodynamic benefits. The sedan’s...
When a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster sold for $9.68 million through RM Auctions during last year’s Pebble Beach car week, it became the most expensive Mercedes-Benz ever sold at auction...
Few cars have generated as much buzz as the Fisker Karma hybrid electric sports sedan. But lately, most of the news has been negative. Last year the U.S. Department of Energy suspended its $529...
In some contests involving high stakes and serious opponents, the luck of the draw or roll of the dice often confers on a player bountiful rewards that have little or nothing to do with creative...
Winding through the Eastern Alps at elevations higher than 9,000 feet, the Stelvio Pass is one of...
Toys of Summer: Morgan 3 Wheeler, Mercedes-Benz SL550 coupe, and Corvette 427 Convertible Collector...
While other automakers claw for market share in an ever-more-homogenized industry, England’s Morgan...
When a car’s lineage spans nearly 60 years, as the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class’s does, the launch of a...

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